Updated: Dawn Walker detained in U.S. as a flight risk

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Updated: Dawn Walker detained in U.S. as a flight risk

Walker remains in U.S. custody. Police said her son returned Canada with a legal guardian on Sunday. Deputy Chief Randy Huisman gives an update on the investigation into Dawn Walker, who disappeared from Saskatoon in late July with her son. The two were discovered In Oregon City. According to the Saskatoon Police Service, Walker now faces charges of parental abduction and public mischief in Canada, as well as charges in the U.S. related to using a false passport . Photo taken in Saskatoon, SK on Monday, August 8, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix U.S authorities detained Dawn Walker as a flight risk after she made her first court appearance in Portland, Oregon on Monday. Advertisement 2 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Pending further court proceedings, Walker will remain in custody, a United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon spokesman said via email. U.S. authorities and Saskatoon city police have laid charges against Walker in connection with her disappearance with her seven-year-old son Vincent Jansen in July. “As part of an elaborate and well thought-out plan, the defendant, a Canadian citizen, kidnapped her child and, after faking her death and that of her son, fled to the United States,” the U.S. district attorney wrote in court documents asking for her detention. “The defendant has every incentive to try and flee to avoid the consequences of their crime.” Police said they were found in a rental unit in Oregon City around 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Walker is a prominent author and leading employee at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, whose disappearance attracted national attention as police scoured the South Saskatchewan River in hopes of finding her and the child. Saskatoon police Deputy Chief Randy Huisman said Walker crossed into Montana from southern Alberta. He was unable to indicate a time or any of the other steps Walker took to leave Saskatchewan after she was last seen in the city on July 22. Jansen’s legal guardian went to Oregon on Friday and returned to Saskatchewan on Sunday with the boy, Huisman said. Saskatoon police are consulting with the Crown in Saskatchewan to arrange for Walker’s future extradition to Canada, a police news release said. Advertisement 3 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has laid two charges. The first is a felony charge of making false statements in the use of a passport; the second is a misdemeanour charge of possessing an identification document knowing it was stolen or produced without lawful authority. In Canada, she’s charged with public mischief and parental abduction in contravention of a custody order. A legal defence fund attributed to Idle No More has been launched to raised $60,000 on Walker’s behalf. “Many Indigenous women feel helpless within the current justice system and this is when they need strong support,” the campaign page states. Supporters of Walker held a rally in Saskatoon on Sunday to draw attention to what they called the “root causes” underlying her situation. As the criminal investigation progresses, she may face further charges, likely related to false identity documents, Huisman told a press conference on Monday. FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear has previously indicated Walker experienced domestic violence, and police have confirmed they received reports of that nature. Huisman said that history “may or may not play into this investigation,” but also that “potential or any previous allegations made by Dawn Walker were thoroughly investigated and no charges resulted as a result of those investigations.” Saskatoon police delved into past relationships, phone and banking records, Huisman noted. “We followed the evidence trail. From the moment she was reported missing, we started with a missing persons search and then evidence led us to where we are today. … When we start seeing anomalies, we started looking in that direction.” Advertisement 4 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Police are also investigating whether anyone assisted Walker in her disappearance. Officers are also still determining whether Oregon was Walker’s final destination or whether she planned to go further, Huisman added. The cost for the extensive two-week search of the South Saskatchewan River by land, air and water is “significant,” but it hasn’t been determined whether Walker will be held responsible for any of those expenses, he said. More On This Topic Dawn Walker, Vincent Jansen located in United States after crossing border: Saskatoon police A timeline of the disappearance, search and finding of Saskatoon mother and son The news seems to be flying at us faster all the time. From COVID-19 updates to politics and crime and everything in between, it can be hard to keep up. With that in mind, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has created an Afternoon Headlines newsletter that can be delivered daily to your inbox to help make sure you are up to date with the most vital news of the day. Click here to subscribe. We deliver the local news you need in these turbulent times on weekdays at 3 p.m. By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. 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